Online design platform Canva has joined a growing list of Australian businesses, led by Aussie tech-giant Atlassian, to encourage staff to attend this Friday’s Global Climate Strike which has been collectively organised by young people around the world to call for urgent government attention to climate change and an end to the use of fossil fuels.
The strikes are taking place across the world including over 100 locations in Australia from the major cities to smaller towns.
Rising to a call for action from Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes hundreds of Australian companies, including Canva and the The Intermedia Group, publisher of this website and the ProPrint and Australian Printer magazine titles, have signed on and are encouraging staff to participate on Friday at a location close to them.
Canva was founded in 2012 by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams and now has millions of users all around the world. In 2016 it launched Canva Print, a print on demand service which is now available in the US, Australia and Europe.
“Climate change is one of the most important issues for our generation to tackle. My hope is that with a strong enough show of support for change we can make key decision makers understand that something needs to be done now,” Canva co-founder and CPO Cameron Adams said.
As part of its support for the Global Climate Strike it has made a selection of free templates that can be printed out and used as banners at the rallies.
Another strike is also planned for September 27 with both taking place in between the UN Climate Action summit to be held in New York.
A number of Australian companies including Atlassian, Future Super and KeepCup have formed an alliance called the Not Business as Usual that is urging businesses to support employees who want to strike. What began as an alliance of about 20 businesses has grown to almost 1,000 as of Friday afternoon.
Check out Canva’s campaign awareness page here: https://about.canva.com/global-climate-strike-collection/
Rallies in Australia will be held at:
- Sydney 12 noon – The Domain
- Melbourne 2pm – Treasury Gardens
- Brisbane 1pm – Queens Gardens
- Canberra 12 noon –Glebe Park
- Adelaide 12 noon – Victoria Square
- Darwin 1pm – Parliament
- Perth 11am – Forrest Place
- Hobart 12 pm – Parliament
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